Most Common Interior Design Mistakes — RISMedia

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When you hire an interior designer, there are tricks of the trade that will enhance your home and give it a designer look. However, by knowing some of these tricks, you can ensure that you don’t make these mistakes at home. Read on for the most common interior design mistakes.

Do not measure the room
Buying furniture on a whim or because you like it can seem like a simple approach. However, it is crucial to measure the space before committing to furniture. Furniture that isn’t scaled properly can make a room look out of place, not to mention that you might not be able to fit pieces through doorways. If you like to browse with the intention of eventually buying new rooms, keep your house dimensions on your phone, so you can always cross-reference them. Spend some time measuring the different spaces, so you can confidently buy pieces you’ll fall in love with.

Incorrect size mat
A room with an incorrectly sized rug is one of the first things that will stand out for a designer. The right size rug can transform a space and serve as the main anchor of the room. Rarely does a room need a rug smaller than 8 by 10 feet or 9 by 12 feet. A rug in your living spaces should be large enough to fit at least the front two legs of your furniture, if not all four. feet. And, in the dining room, you should be able to push your chair all the way out and still have all four feet on the rug.

Do not invest in prominent pieces
Investing in the prominent pieces of a room will pay off. For example, it may be tempting to buy lots of smaller, cheaper accents, but the initial investment in larger pieces that you’ll use often, like the couch, will pay off because they’ll hold up better to wear and tear. The same concept applies to art. Building your collection with multiple amazing pieces of art will have a bigger impact than a larger collection of smaller pieces that don’t have the same wow factor.

Push the furniture against the walls
Pushing furniture against the walls may seem like the best way to maximize space. However, floating the furniture in the center of the room makes the room more interesting and helps facilitate a better conversation area.

Selection of beauty over function
A cleverly designed piece focuses on function first, complemented by aesthetics. Of course, the most essential part of any space is comfort, so layout should be fluid and furniture should focus on comfort. Once these two aspects are in place, you can start layering the aesthetic elements to make it look good.

Inconsistent lighting
Lighting can have a significant impact on the feel of a space. Instead of relying solely on overhead lighting, layering additional lighting such as chandeliers, ceiling lights, and sconces can enhance the overall room experience. Also, making sure the bulbs are the same will create a cohesive look.

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